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What Will My Child Be Learning About This Half Term?

Free Reading Friday


We are loving learning all about plants in Science this half term. So far, we have learnt about the function of the roots, stem and leaves. We used the microscopes in the Hive and our own view finders to look at the veins in the leaves.

Holi Dance Festival Finalists

Outdoor PE in the Sunshine

Free Reading Friday with Year 6

Stop Motion Videos

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In Computing this half term, we have been learning about stop motion. This week we had great fun using i-motion and our characters to create our mini movies.

Stop Motion video

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Stop Motion video

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The Iron Man

In English this half term, we have really enjoyed reading the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We started our learning journey by exploring different "iron" objects and using them to create our own Iron Giants.

Exploring Fractions

The Street Beneath My Feet


In English, Year 3 have been exploring the stunning creative non-fiction book 'The Street Beneath My Feet'. To kick start the unit, the children searched for clues and formed predictions using the evidence they had gathered. They were blown away by the book and how it has been created. Through the book, the children explored presentational devices and compared these to those used in other books. They then selected the devices they liked to apply their knowledge and understanding (from both English and Science learning) to create their own non-chronological report about what can be found under the ground.

Stone Age Boy


Year 3 are thoroughly enjoying their English unit based on the book 'Stone Age Boy'. They were inspired by the illustrations and created their own cave paintings. They then used these to stimulate the creation of a vocabulary bank to support their writing.

Cave Paintings

A Virtual Trip to Victoria Falls.

Let's All Do The Charleston

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Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed watching different Charleston videos from over the years on Strictly Come Dancing. They have all got stuck in with learning the routines too. Even the adults joined in!

Grinch Steals Christmas!

Geography - Rivers

Measuring in Maths

You Can't Catch Me, I'm The Gingerbread Man!

Learning Outdoors in English and Maths.

Reading for Pleasure in the School Library

Week 2 


Another fabulous week in Year 3. We started our week with sports coaches Tom and Tom (we won't forget their names at least), where they introduced us to hockey. We were amazing! Not only were we fantastic listeners, but we picked up the required skills really quickly.

In Science, we have been learning about bones and how they vary in size depending on who/what they belong to. We then carried out an experiment in groups, exploring how the diameter of a paper tube affected the amount of weight it could support.

Week 1 

We are so proud of the children and how quickly they have settled into their new classes - they have blown us away!


We have had a very busy week getting to know our adults and our new classmates and have quickly found our way around the junior school building (and into the swimming pool!).

In Maths, we have been using concrete resources to explore place value. We were 'whizzy mathematicians' and enjoyed looking at 3-digit numbers.

We have had many opportunities to use drama within English and Health and Wellbeing. Our new English unit, based on the short animation 'Dream Giver', is very exciting and we have been able to make some fantastic comparisons between the film and extracts from The BFG by Roald Dahl.

In Geography, we have been using the atlases to locate and identify the oceans and continents. We worked so well with our partners.

15th July 2021 -Italian day! We had such fun today, cooking and eating pasta with courgettes (that we actually grew in our poly tunnel). It was delicious. We then made our own pizza's. We stretched and rolled out the dough and added our own toppings as part of our DT work.

13th July: This week we showed how much we learnt about magnets and forces by designing and making our own magnetic games.

7th July: This week we have been learning to play tunes on a glockenspiel. A bit noisy but great fun!

28th June 2021:Science - In our Forces and Magnets topic, we have been investigating the invisible magnetic force and discovering how magnets can both attract and repel.


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17th June 2021: This week, year 3 have been seeing how their Longitudinal study area has been coming on. What a lot has grown and loads more bugs!

14th June 2021:This week, we have been reading about Pompeii. We choses images from the text to freeze frame and help tell the story.

10th June 2021: In Science, we looked carefully at different materials under microscopes and magnifying glasses. We felt the materials too and discussed if we thought they were high or low friction.

10th June 2021: This week we are having fun in Science by comparing how different surfaces affect how far something moves.

27th May 2021 Roman Day: What a fabulous day we had in Year 3! Making and eating Roman pancakes with apple, dates and honey, learning how to write our names using the Roman alphabet, singing the Roman numeral song, making Roman mosaics and finding out what the Romans did for us! We hope you enjoy our Roman day pictures.

25th May 2021: Fantastic acting from Year 3 as Old Tom, Mowzer and the Storm Cat.

25th May 2021: Year 3 children keep bringing in the plants and seeds! Our garden is going to look awesome!

18th May 2021: This week, Year 3 children have been bringing in plants and seeds to make our year 3 garden look amazing. Thank you to all the year 3s who have brought in and planted so far. Some of the plants have gone straight in the garden area and seeds and veggies have been put in the poly tunnel.

11th May 2021: Back in the Hive again for more science! This week we are investigating the importance of flowers.

7th May 2021: Science in The Hive! Year 3 children are investigating the importance of flowers and how bees see things differently to help pollination.

4th May 2021: Outside again! This time Year 3 children are investigating the changes in our longitudinal study area.

27th April 2021: In RE Year 3 learnt about the importance of Hindu shrines. We worked in groups to make our own shrines to understand devotion.

23rd March 2021: In science, Year 3s investigated the best reflective materials.

Ash Cross Country winners

Elm Cross Country winners



Cross Country House Winners



2nd October 2020- Poetry Day-Year 3 took inspiration from Allan Ahlberg's 'Heard it in the playground,' to write their own versions- 'Saw it in the Jungle.'

In Science we tested out which shape was the strongest to see why are bones are cylindrical.

We learnt that skeletons support and protect our bodies.

Monday 28th September 2020

Please bring in a cereal box for art so that we can begin to create some houses.


Wednesday 16th September 2020-Can you recognise the children from the class pictures?

Have a look at what we have been learning this week in maths.

Friday 4th September 2020


We have had a great start to our new term. The children have all settled in really well and are enjoying spending time with their friends and are keen to learn.


Just a little note to say if your child has not received their reading record yet, don't worry they will get one in the next couple of days.


PE is on Thursday and Friday so please remember to bring in (named) PE kit, no earrings (or bring own tape),  long hair tied back.


Art shirts can be brought in and left in lockers.


Two letters have been sent home-

1. For setting up payments

2. Home pick ups


Thank you

Year 3 team

Hello new year 3's!

We are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. We have some lovely activities planned for you.

 Don't forget to bring your smiley faces!


Monday 22nd June - A message from the Year 3 staff

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A message from the staff at Balksbury


Good morning Ash, Elm and Oak classes,

We hope you are still having fun at home and had a good time at Easter. The weather has been good and is set to get even better so try and enjoy the garden if you can or when you get out for your daily exercise.


We have been thinking of some great work for you to do this term and you will find it in the new folder at the top, 'Summer term week 1.'

You can also go on the new BBC learning page- BBC Schools out, Learnings not !

It looks really great with some fab 20 minute lessons.


Take care and have fun. We miss you all!


Mrs Parker, Mrs Jamieson and Mrs Liddell


Monday 6th April 2020

Good morning everyone. This week we have got some fun Easter activities for you to have a go at. Don't forget to have a look at your longitudinal study if you have started. If not have a go!

You may like to have a go at making some Easter treats (you will need an adult to help you). If you haven't got all the ingredients, you can be creative e.g. cornflakes or rice crispies instead of shredded wheat.

These eggy words are fun . Why not draw a picture for each one. Can you think of anymore? Why not write an eggciting story using some eggy words.

Here are a few short stories and poems you may like to read. Why not have a go at writing your own.

You may still like to do some maths.

Wednesday 1st April:

Good morning Ash, Elm and Oak classes, we hope you are still enjoying yourselves and working hard from home.

Here are some more tasks to keep you learning and having fun.

English: Read the myth Arachne the Spinner. You could also write the story in your own words with illustrations.

Here are the year 3/4 spelling word list. Why not take 5 or 10 each week and learn them. You could make pyramid words, write the letters in different colours, use them in sentences. Any way that helps you remember them.

Guided Reading: Read the Greek myth and complete the tasks.

Science: See how much you have learnt in your 'Materials' topic by having a go at the year 3 quiz. Answers attached.

History: Why not draw or even make your own Iron Age village. Here are some ideas.


Thursday 26th March 2020.

Hello lovely year 3s. We hope you are enjoying your home school. As the weather has been so lovely, we hope that you have taken the opportunity to get some fresh air. Why not start a Longitudinal study of your own. Choose an area of the garden to study and look at the changes that occur each week. You could draw some pictures or take photos. It would be really great to share these when we get back to school. If you can't get out, you could see the changes from your window. 


Dear Parents/Carers,
Some children may be finding this time at home very confusing, they may be anxious, they may not quite understand why they are unable to go out and play with their friends. Here are some stories that will hopefully help them understand some of the issues that they are having to deal with.
I will also be updating weekly with some ideas of ways to cope with anxiety and ways to encourage the children to have a healthy positive mind.
I understand that some of you may not have access to a printer, therefore I will include activities that can be done without one.
Take care
Mrs Whatley - ELSA

Hello year 3s. We hope that you are enjoying your learning pack that you received on Friday. Remember to keep learning and having fun while you are off. You could try and start your day with a reading activity, followed by some English and then timetable yourself in a play time. After play you could do a maths activity from the pack and also go onto Rockstars. After lunch you could do one of the following Science, History, Geography, RE, Art or PE. 

We will be posting regular extra ideas on the website so keep checking everyday.

Happy learning

Mrs Parker and Miss Brown

Mrs Jamieson and Mrs Whatley

Mrs Liddell and Mrs Brinsford


Year 3 had fun last week making pancakes. They brought in a selection of lovely toppings; bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries "mmm delicious!"

Dont forget to wash up!

Open Box - This term in Open Box we learnt about life in the Stone Age.

And how to hunt Mammoth!

In science we are learning about rocks and soils. As part of this we have had fun making fossils .

We held the House Cross Country Championships

Don't forget to logon to Rockstars for times tables fun!

In Maths we found different objects from around the classroom to represent numbers in different ways.

Year 3 Scarecrow- The Pied Piper!